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Renewables promise on major schools plan

Renewables and low carbon technology will be at the centre of a £200 million Building Schools for the Future programme in Southwark.

Balfour Beatty's public private partnership (PPP) arm Transform Schools was this week appointed selected bidder for the £200 million Southwark Schools for the Future programme.

The company said it would use low carbon and renewables to reduce the emissions of proposed buildings by more than 60 per cent.


A Balfour Beatty spokesman said: 'The project has secured funding under the Low Carbon Schools scheme operated by the Department for Children, Schools and Families Low Carbon Schools scheme and will incorporate a number of renewable energy technologies to achieve a reduction in carbon dioxide in use in excess of 60 per cent.'

The three phase programme covers thirteen major school projects across the borough.

Ian Tyler, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, said: “This is Transform Schools’ third full Building Schools for the Future project following our successes in Knowsley on Merseyside and in Islington.

'We look forward to utilising our experience in working on eight major PPP education projects in creating first-class new learning environments in Southwark.”

All construction work on the project will be carried out by Balfour Beatty subsidiaries Balfour Beatty Construction and Balfour Kilpatrick, while facilities management will be carried out by Haden Building Management, another Balfour Beatty subsidiary.

Transform Schools will also deliver ICT services across all the schools within the programme in conjunction with RM, a leading supplier of ICT solutions to the UK education sector and to the BSF programme.

Financial close is scheduled for the second quarter of 2009 with the first new schools opening in September 2010 and 2011.

Balfour Beatty will invest £6 million of equity in the programme.

Transform Schools has three further significant BSF bids currently under customer evaluation with several more such bids in early preparation.